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Boris Johnson Says 'Over 30' People Can Attend Weddings From Monday Despite Lockdown Delay

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Boris Johnson Says 'Over 30' People Can Attend Weddings From Monday Despite Lockdown Delay

It's the news couples and wedding industry workers have been waiting for. Boris Johnson has announced that restrictions on weddings will be lifted from 21st June, with 'more than 30 being able to attend - as long as social distancing is adhered to.'

It's an emotional moment for couples - and those in the industry - after 15 months of restrictions.

Announcing the news, the prime minister said: "We will hold off Step 4 opening until July 19th. We will monitor the position every day.

"After two weeks, if we have seen the risks have diminished, we will proceed to Step 4 and could open sooner.

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"But now is the time to ease off the accelerator. I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer. We will hold off Step 4 openings, except for weddings and funerals that can still go ahead providing social distancing is in place."

Weddings are expected to be able to take place with more than 30 guests.

Replying to a member of public, Johnson said: "What we are saying that wedding can go ahead with more than 30 people. We're lifting that restriction from June 21st, providing social distancing is observed.

"I think it's a few weeks that's worth it to get those extra jabs in."

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Boris Johnson has announced that restrictions on weddings will be lifted from 21st June (Credit: Unsplash)
Boris Johnson has announced that restrictions on weddings will be lifted from 21st June (Credit: Unsplash)

At present, weddings and civil ceremonies can take place with 30 guests at Covid-secure venues. Over the last few weeks, there has been growing concern that the surge in the new Delta variant could hinder the planned lifting of restrictions, and the number of guests permitted at weddings.

However, it seems many weddings can go ahead with more than 30 guests, as long as social distancing can be adhered to.

Speaking about the lifting of lockdown, Boris Johnson said this week: "On Monday we'll have a look at where we are. I think that everybody can see very clearly that cases are going up, and in some cases hospitalisations are going up.

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It's the news couples have been waiting for (Credit: Unsplash)
It's the news couples have been waiting for (Credit: Unsplash)

"... What we need to assess is the extent to which the vaccine rollout, which has been phenomenal, has built up protection in the population in order for us to go ahead to the next stage. And so that's what we'll be looking at."

Johnson also said everyone over 23-24 year olds can book from tomorrow (15th June), with second doses now being accelerated for those over 40, to build up "a wall of immunity."

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Topics: Weddings, Life News, News

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